Forgot Windows 7 password and wondering to reset it with CMD? Though there are many ways on the Internet for Windows 7 password reset, but the Command Prompt is still a good free way to reset password. Here I will share you top 3 ways on resetting Windows 7 logon and admin password from command prompt without losing any data and re-install system.
Generally open command prompt is a method of using built-in DOS command prompt to change user name and user password. Firstly, you need an admin account that has administrator privileges. Suppose you have lost your administrator account (Mosoh) password, following I will show you what you can do. (See also how to reset Windows 10 password with command prompt.)
Windows 7 OS has a built-in administrator account which has no password for it. This account was created during Windows installation, and was disabled by default. You need to enable that account before resetting other admin account password. If you didn’t enable the it before, please refer to method 2.
1. To access the command prompt, please start your computer and press "F8" while the computer boots up. The Advanced Boot Options screen appears.
2. Use the arrow keys to highlight the "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and press "Enter." Your computer will start in Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
3. Select the Administrator account that appears in the screen, then enter command prompt.
4. Type the commands for bypassing Windows 7 passwords: "net user Mosoh 123456" and enter, it will show you a message that the command completed successfully.
5. Restart your computer, then you'll pimp out Windows command prompt and log in Mosoh with the password 123456. You can also go to Control Panel to change your account password if necessary.
Didn’t have built-in admin enabled before? Method below would enable you to get command prompt without login. Once we accessed the command prompt, you can easily reset any user’s password. Operations below would be a little complicated, you can use Windows Password Key to reset Windows 7 password more easily and quickly.
1. Start your computer and press the Power button for at least 5 seconds when you see it saying Starting Windows to force power off your computer.
2. Restart computer and choose "Launch Startup Repair (Recommended)" on the screen below.
3. Windows will load necessary files for recovery and fix the problems automatically. When you receive following message “Windows cannot repair this computer automatically.”, click View problem details.
4. Scroll the message to bottom, click the last message which contains hyperlinked privacy statement to read Microsoft’s offline privacy statement.
5. Click on the File menu and Open in notepad.
6. Change the File of type option to All Files and locate sethc.exe. Rename this file as a backup, just like "sethc-copy".
7. Close all the dialogs, click Finish button and computer restarts. When you go to Windows 7 login screen, hit the Shift key 5 times and Command Prompt will be opened. You can reset your password as below.
Unable to reset password of Windows 7 by cmd? Have password with build-in administrator account? To be easier to reset the login password, you need to use a third party Windows Password Key, it is a better and quicker choice.
Step 1: Download and install Windows Password Key in any available computer.
Step 2: Run Windows Password Key to a blank CD/DVD or USB flash drive and burn it as a disk.
Step 3: Insert the disk to your locked computer and then boot it by the disk, then you can follow the easy instruction to reset Windows 7 password. It's 100% recovery, so I'm sure you'll enter your system after that.